The Los Angeles Sparks parted ways with head coach and general manager Derek Fisher on Tuesday afternoon after a 5-7 start to the 2022 WNBA season, the team announced.
“After a thorough assessment of the condition of our team, the Sparks and General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher have agreed to part ways,” team managing partner Eric Holoman said in a statement. “On behalf of our ownership group, I would like to thank Derek for his efforts and contributions to the Sparks franchise. We wish him the best for the future. I have full confidence in Fred Williams to take on the coaching role. interim chief, bringing a wealth of experience leading WNBA teams.”
Fisher, 47, played 18 seasons in the NBA, spending the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and winning five championships with the team. He retired after the 2013-14 season and was hired in June 2014 as head coach of the New York Knicks. After leading the team to a 40-96 record, Fisher was fired in his second season with the Knicks.
The Sparks hired Fisher as head coach in December 2018 and named him general manager in December 2020 after the team earned all three WNBA playoff seeds in his first two seasons. In February 2021, the Sparks lost stars Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray in free agency and finished the following season with a 12-20 record.
In the 2022 offseason, the Sparks added four-time All-Star Liz Cambage in free agency and started the year 2-0 before dropping five straight. Los Angeles is currently eighth in the WNBA rankings.